Turkey: Why the country is vegan and vegetarian
Turkey has introduced a new law that allows its citizens to eat meat-free and vegetarian food, as well as take part in the country’s biggest meat-eating festival.
Erdogan has been calling for a nationwide ban on the meat industry, saying that the meat-loving people have caused more than a billion deaths since World War II.
The legislation allows for a wide range of food items, including vegetarian dishes and the spread of vegetarianism among non-Muslims, and has been lauded by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as a positive step.
“Turkey is a nation of freedom, equality and dignity,” Erdogan told parliament on Tuesday.
He added that the legislation would “protect our food supply, our way of life, our values and will not compromise our health”.
“We will not let those who are against our values to take away our way,” he said.
While the legislation was passed unanimously by the lower house of parliament, the upper house approved it unanimously.
Erdogan is keen to use the law to strengthen Turkey’s position as a world leader in the fight against terrorism.
Turkey has the highest number of Christians in the world at around 50 percent, but many Muslims are more vocal about their support for the secular government.
Turkey has long had a strong Christian population, but it is now slowly losing them, with the number of Christian children dropping by nearly 20 percent in the past decade.
Many in Turkey are angry at the government’s attempts to clamp down on religious minorities, such as the Muslim minority in the north of the country.